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Studies have shown that people who smile are happier than
those who do not. Sounds logical. In 1872, Charles Darwin
actually published a treatise on emotion and facial expres-
     Today many scientists have proven that smiling releases
a chemical in your brain that makes you feel good. However,
you can only smile if you feel confident, comfortable and in
     Job applicants who smile during their interviews are
more likely to be hired. We tend to want to avoid people who
frown all the time. Who wants to spend time with a grouch?
     It has been shown that kids in school get more attention
from the teacher and therefore could obtain better grades if
they smile.
     Bank managers are more likely to lend you money if you
softly smile when they ask you all those questions.
     Smiling during a presentation is therefore very impor-
tant. Subconsciously, your audience will feel better about
themselves and they’ll also think you know what you are
doing. Your positive attitude will rub off.
     Keep smiling and soon they’ll be smiling too. A sincere,
gentle smile is also a great way to establish rapport with
listeners at the beginning. Try it!
     Depending on the subject of your presentation it’s not
always appropriate to wear a grin. If you have to fire someone
or give a eulogy at a funeral, I do not suggest that you put on
a happy face.
     Just because your topic is serious doesn’t mean you need
to always look bored. Show a happy face to add contrast to your
presentation. Smile at positive points and then switch to a
sober expression at critical points. This contrast, if natural,
will add emphasis to your ideas.

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